Edinburgh is liberally sprinkled with a wide range of museums, from the large, containing a wide range of exhibits, such as the National Museum of Scotland, to the smaller gems like The Writers’ Museum. Below is the top five of the many, many different museums Edinburgh has to offer.
Fun for families
Edinburgh’s many museums feature enchantments for both adults and children alike. Visiting the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street will bring you face to face with Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal. The museum comprises two parts, the older Royal Museum and the newer Museum of Scotland, opened in 1998. It’s a place to explore not only Scotland, but look at the wider world. An extensive collection of educational activities will really engage children’s imaginations.
The Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile will take you back in time. As the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it boasts a recreation of a 1930s classroom and a Victorian street. Children can enjoy dressing up while adults conjure memories of childhood by enjoying the displays of classic dolls, teddies and corgi cars.
The Writers’ Museum is a must on any visit to Edinburgh. Its home is the Lady Stair’s House, a gorgeous backdrop dating back to 1622. It focuses on three iconic Scottish writers, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scot and Robert Louis Stevenson. Collections containing rare manuscripts, portraits and personal possessions really open these writers up to a wider audience. Next to the Museum is Makars’ Court, a public space where Scottish writers through the ages are remembered.
The Museum of Edinburgh on Canongate has recently been relaunched, following a ?800,000 refit and has been described as the city’s treasure box. The museum charts the political and social story of the city and is a maze of rooms containing examples of the rich cultural history the city possesses. It is also home to one of the most important documents in Scottish history, the National Covenant, signed by important figures to protect the Church of Scotland.
The National War Museum, housed in Edinburgh Castle follows Scotland at War through the ages. Fascinating first hand accounts from the men at war and the families they left behind bring to life the real stories behind famous battles, while artifacts and weapons bring colour to their accounts. It is a key element of any visit to Edinburgh.
Karen Cameron rents out apartments in Edinburgh and is specialised in providing customers with personalised advice about what to do in the Scottish capital city. One of the things she always recommends, is visiting one of Edinburgh’s fantastic museums.